HC Deb 17 May 1934 vol 289 c1958W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if, in view of the steps which are being taken to safeguard the British beet-sugar industry by means of State assistance, direct and indirect, he can state the amount of Dutch capital which is invested in our sugar industry so that it may be possible to see how much of the assistance mentioned is going abroad?


The total capitalisation of British beet sugar factories as at 31st March, 1933, was £6,747,390. I understand that of this total £1,145,000, or 17 per cent. consists of shares which, so far as can be ascertained, are at present held by Dutch nationals.